Advancing UK's Electric Vehicle Agenda: NFDA's Parliamentary Engagement at Arnold Clark’s Innovation Centre

In a significant step towards advancing the UK's electric vehicle (EV) agenda, the National Franchised Dealers Association (NFDA) recently hosted its influential Parliamentary Engagement Programme at Arnold Clark’s Innovation Centre in Glasgow. This event marks a pivotal moment in the UK's journey towards sustainable transportation.

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Published on
December 13, 2023

The event, graced by Graham Simpson, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), along with senior executives from Arnold Clark and Sue Robinson, Chief Executive of the NFDA, delved into crucial topics such as electric vehicles, consumer confidence in EVs, workforce skill development, and the expansion of EV charging infrastructure in Scotland.

Sue Robinson, addressing the attendees, highlighted, “Arnold Clark’s Innovation Centre is a prime example of the efforts and investments retailers are making towards the future of sustainable private mobility transport. Franchised dealers are not only preparing their sites for the government’s net-zero targets by training their sales and aftersales staff but are also investing in infrastructure to sell EVs. It is crucial for the government to understand and support these sector efforts.”

The NFDA and Arnold Clark utilized this platform to emphasize their commitment to promoting sustainability within the automotive industry. Their state-of-the-art innovation facility is a testament to this commitment, playing a key role in increasing the adoption of electric vehicles. The discussions also highlighted the NFDA’s Electric Vehicle Approved (EVA) scheme, a reflection of their dedication to sustainable practices.

A primary focus was on the need to boost consumer confidence in the automotive market, particularly regarding electric vehicles. The NFDA underscored the importance of introducing attractive price incentives to encourage the widespread adoption of EVs, a strategy that could significantly reshape the automotive landscape.

Addressing the skills shortage in the automotive sector, the NFDA called for collaborative efforts to reform the apprenticeship levy and invest in training programmes. The association also stressed the importance of ensuring a robust pipeline of talent, highlighting initiatives like the NFDA’s Drive My Career scheme.

The advancements in Scotland’s EV charging network were also a central topic. The parties discussed the political and regulatory mechanisms that could aid in the expansion of charging infrastructure, a critical element in the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Concluding the event, the NFDA expressed its eagerness to continue engaging with policymakers, stakeholders, and industry leaders. “The NFDA looks forward to continued engagement with policymakers, stakeholders, and industry leaders to shape a resilient and innovative future for the automotive sector,” they stated.

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